Upper West Side

Vintage Photographs of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between Central Park West and the Hudson River, from West 61st Street to West 124th Street.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, c. 1930

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade marches past the Dorilton on W. 71st and Broadway.  The balloon in the foreground looks something like Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh books, which had come out around that time.  The movies were still years away.  It could just be an unnamed donkey.

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Broadway and W. 71st St., 1911

Broadway and W. 71st St., 1911

Traffic was light in this part of the city on this day in 1911.  A horse drawn laundry wagon, a horse drawn ice cream wagon, a single motor car, and a bicyclist can be seen passing in front of the 72nd Street Subway Station.  The Beaux-Arts style Ansonia Hotel, built between 1899 and 1904, stands majestically in the background.

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Broadway and W. 115th St., 1937

Broadway and W. 115th St., 1937

In this view north along the Broadway center mall, you can see the main gates of Columbia University on the right and Barnard College and Riverside Church on the left.  At the time of this photo West 116th Street was still open to vehicular traffic and street cars were still in operation.  The street car tracks are still in place today beneath a layer of asphalt pavement.

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Grant's Tomb, 1917

Grant's Tomb, 1917

French soldiers ride a pair of double-decker buses to West 123rd Street and Riverside Drive to visit the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant.  World War I was still ongoing.  Above the tomb the placard reads, "Let us have peace."

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